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Studded tires now street legal in Alaska above 60th parallel

  • Author: Craig Medred
  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published September 15, 2012

With nighttime lows in the Arctic starting to dip below freezing, the fall color volume cranked to "10" across the Interior, and with snow starting its yearly creep down the Chugach range, dangerous driving conditions won't be far behind. Alaskans who live above 60 degrees North latitude may be happy to know that studded tires are now street legal.

Each year on Sept. 15, the prohibition on using studded tires on paved roads and highways above 60 North (including the length of the Sterling Highway) is lifted. The grippy, tap-dancing tires won't be illegal again until May 1.

Alaskans who live below 60 degrees North latitude will have to wait until Sept. 30 to put on their studs way too early.

Learn more from the Alaska Department of Transportation, here.

And just like that, procrastination season has officially begun, as has the waiting game.

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